Lions to roar again

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 12:35 GMT

Craig Chisnall says Millwall can extend their great run of form by beating Charlton in the Championship this weekend.

Millwall: At the top of their form currently
Millwall: At the top of their form currently

Millwall's surprise surge up the Championship is showing no signs of relenting and I can't see it being unlucky 13 against South East London rivals Charlton.

The Lions are simply flying and their 12 match unbeaten run, including impressive wins at Blackburn and Wolves in the last week, has rocketed them up to fifth.

With the Championship's longest-serving boss Kenny Jackett continuing to work wonders on a limited budget hopes are rising among the New Den faithful that a return to the top flight after a 22-year absence could be on the cards.

Key to their fine form has been a settled backline and they have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches.

The eight goals West Brom loanee Chris Wood has plundered have also been a huge help and buoyed by four wins on the spin I believe they will just about edge this derby against another of the Championship's form teams. The 21/20 with both Coral and Stan James looks very generous.

Staying with homes this weekend I believe there's a treble to be had involving Bolton, Leicester and Watford.

Dougie Freedman's Wanderers entertain Ipswich, who have been simply awful on the road recently - losing 5-0 at Crystal Palace and then 6-0 at Leicester. Town have improved at home but Bolton should see them off at the Reebok.

In-form Watford, who are unbeaten in November, face strugglers Barnsley and on the back of their 4-1 hammering of Sheffield Wednesday I fancy them to see off another South Yorkshire side comfortably.

The Foxes won't have it all their own way in the late kick-off as Derby, who came good for us last weekend at home to Birmingham, visit the KingPower Stadium.

But with Nigel Pearson's men having the second best home record in the league, dropping just four points from a possible 27, they should come up trumps.

In a weekend of derbies in the second tier you will struggle to find a rivalry as fierce as that in East Lancashire between Burnley and Blackburn.

New bosses Sean Dyche and Rovers counterpart Henning Berg might wonder what has hit them at kick off at a packed out Turf Moor on Sunday lunchtime and I just can't separate them.

Both possess red-hot strikers in Charlie Austin, who already has 21 for the season for the Clarets, and £8m recruit Jordan Rhodes at the other end but chances will surely be at a premium in this game.

Turf Moor is never an easy place to visit and with so-much at stake, plus Rovers already drawing six of their nine matches on the road, the 23/10 on offer is well worth investing in.

I'm going for another stalemate in the weekend's opener at St Andrews on Friday night between Birmingham and high-flying Middlesbrough.

The Blues are yet to show the quality they have in their ranks this term and a visit of the team in third will hardly have the locals relishing this clash.

But they were unfortunate to lose at Derby last weekend, gained a good point at Blackpool in the week and don't concede many on home turf.

Their struggles have come at the other end at St Andrew's with just a goal a game from their nine matches.

Boro continue to go well but have been inconsistent on the road - a point would probably suit so I'd take the 23-10 on offer with Coral.

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